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Plant It Where the Sun Don't Shine (Hakonechloa macra)

Plant It Where the Sun Don't Shine (Hakonechloa macra)

Posted by John Friel on Nov 26th 2021

Most ornamental grasses thrive in full sun. But most gardens include spots the sun never finds. Must those places remain grassless? Fortunately, no!The shaded landscape can also enjoy the graceful form and movement that only grasses bring. The go-to genus: Hakonechloa, Japanese forest grass.This sinuous beauty grows as water flows, welling up and cascading down in layers of pendant bamboo-like leaves. It’s happiest in shade, dappled or full. Northern growers can get away with brighter plantings,
Picture This

Picture This

Posted by John Friel on Nov 12th 2021

Not every plant can look its Sunday best, covered in flowers, every day. Besides, smart gardeners know that the best time to buy is before a plant blooms, so they get to watch it come into its glory.That’s when a picture tag is at its most valuable: It tells a customer what that plant will become, right before their eyes, even if the pot in front of them isn’t loaded with color.We carry full-color, bilingual picture tags for every variety we grow. In addition to that eye-catching image, consumer
Aaaahh! Refreshment! Sedum SunSparkler® ‘Lime Zinger’ PP24632

Aaaahh! Refreshment! Sedum SunSparkler® ‘Lime Zinger’ PP24632

Posted by John Friel on Oct 8th 2021

Doesn’t ‘Lime Zinger’ sound like a sparkling, citrus-y summer cocktail? Perfect for Sunday brunch, or tailgating at the polo match? Another round of Lime Zingers, please!Well, our version is as succulent as it sounds, but it brings a different kind of sparkle to a sunny, late-summer setting. ‘Lime Zinger’ is a fave from the famous SunSparkler® series of nifty, hardy, low-growing Sedum. Your customers will love the firm, lime-green leaves with nicely-contrasting cherry-red picotee edges. Ros
IT’S A GRASS GRASS GRASS! Carex ColorGrass® Series

IT’S A GRASS GRASS GRASS! Carex ColorGrass® Series

Posted by John Friel on Oct 6th 2021

Jumpin’ Jack jumped for joy when he saw these at the garden center. Picked precisely for perfect pot performance, the ColorGrass® collection is irresistible at retail.Their trademark upright/cascading clump-forming habit can anchor stand-alone patio pots, or serve as the filler or spiller in mixed containers. That form also makes them a fine candidate to edge a border in full sun or part shade. Carex buchananii Red Rooster™Go ahead, count your chickens! The cock of the flock features red/
An AWWW!-some Little Garden Cutie (Pennisetum Burgundy Bunny)

An AWWW!-some Little Garden Cutie (Pennisetum Burgundy Bunny)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 3rd 2021

Here’s a grass that’s as cute as a you-know-what. ‘Burgundy Bunny’(PP21917) rises a diminutive 18” tall when it stands on its hind legs – er, when it flowers. Neat clumps of slender green leaves take on rich red accents in summer. As the season progresses, the whole plant comes ablaze with deep maroon/red blades, topped with creamy-white bunny-tail blooms.‘Burgundy Bunny’ is happiest in full sun to part shade, and is hardy in USDA Zones 6 – 9 (down to Zone 5 depending on surroundings). Let’s Ge

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